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Accept responsibility for our own knowledge base. We are responsible both for what we know and what we have neglected to learn. The process of recording your primary experience, and reflecting on that, is the key to understanding ourselves. The world is what it is, try to explore it. Change yourself.

The Anti-Knowledge Age

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Carl Sagan : "It is far better to grasp the universe as it really is, than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

New Information Saturation

Karl Popper on KnowledgeWhat do we do when some of the claims to "truth" we encounter deeply contradict our existing beliefs? It is good to know what is real. There are people who knowingly or by mistake deliberately intend to engage us with ideas and beliefs that have no basis in fact. Where the acceptance of some new concept takes us away from knowledge and truth and into confusion and mystical nonsense, we are badly served. The Internet is flowing with the proposals of people who are, apparently very nice, very loving, and very sincere, but also totally delusional. You have to master the input to you own thinking system. What people try to tell you may or may not be valid, you have to choose who's "truth" to accept. Trust your own experience. Write it down, take measurements, keep your own records. Learn from your life.

Using Our New knowledge

The human species faces a monumental task and we have to use our key strength, our ability to make good measurements and to keep meaningful records of past events. We have the ability to think with a scientific mind. We've tried to organise ourselves by focusing primarily on the money-value of things telling ourselves that one day we'll be rich enough to restore all the damage we've done. We now know that the unseen and unimagined damage we've done to the fabric of the Earth, can never be repaired by any amount of money. We were wrong. The way forward is not to pollute and destroy in the first instance. Now we have to devise ways to measure the www link five forms of capital, and to consider them all when we make decisions. The economic, environmental and social aspects of any situation must sit on the decision table sharing equal priority. We cannot proceed by favouring financial gain as we have in the past. Excessive focus on financial capital is the very thing that's destroying the planet.

Together we Damage the Planet

Delaying Action Once Againwww link Ecosystems are closely connected. They feed each other, and nothing is wasted, because everything is recycled. We have to model our lives and our production systems in a similar way. We don't have enough knowledge about global systems and how they are changing yet, to make good predictions about the future. What we do have is a great deal of very serious information about Local File massive environmental damage that has occurred on Earth in our life time. Because the damage accumulated slowly, we don't notice it, but the measurements we've taken tell the story. We can't pretend any-more, not to know. We do know, and if we fail to act on the knowledge we have, we will be guilty of killing people, by neglect perhaps, or is it by uncaring greed and selfishness. Either way, future generations will have cause to curse our slowness to act, and the incompetence or ignorance, of today's political leaders.

We All Have Roles to Play

Each person on Earth needs to understand what the problem is and how to make more responsible decisions given our new objectives. We are going to live and work closer together. More will be decided and acted upon in Local File local communities. We hope we will not be constrained by too many orders from the "above". If government does it's job and helps the market to get the prices right, we'll be able to decide for ourselves what the best actions are. Many people will need to learn new skills. There's an interesting story from India, about training 300 illiterate grandmothers from Africa, to install household, solar electric systems, in more than 100 villages. The cost of this was tiny ($2.5 million), and the benefit immense.

Politics as Usual - 60 Years Behind the Times

Our political leaders spread a mixture of great lies, pipe dreams and impossible promises. Political "truth" is one source of confusing anti-knowledge and propaganda. They are trying to keep the situation under control, and to please their sponsors, and yet to be seen as "doing good work". Apparently people don't want their politicians to tell them the truth. People vote for candidates who promise to feed their dreams. That's a problem with democracy and it puts great importance on our ability to use the knowledge we have. Which political party is telling us about the future that has less energy, less money, less security, less food, less mobility, and less comfort? None that I know of. They all tell you how you can have more. We have to learn how to demand the truth from candidates. It serves none of us if politicians keep feeding us untruth, and making promises that cannot be honoured.

Sources of Knowledge

The Fabric of Reality is a book by physicist David Deutsch - written in 1997- which expands upon his views of quantum mechanics and its implications for understanding reality. This interpretation, or what he calls the multiverse hypothesis, is one strand of a four-strand theory of everything.

David Elieser Deutsch FRS (born 1953 in Haifa, Israel) is a physicist at the University of Oxford.

The Time to Act is Now

There is much to do, and if we choose to use the knowledge we have, these necessary new objectives are achievable. Humanity has utterly failed to deal with the threat facing us. We are creating severe difficulty for our children and condemning our grandchildren to extreme hardship, many of them to a much shortened life-span. We know this, but we refuse to understand. We're like rabbits caught in the headlights waiting for the approaching vehicle to run us down. Local File The world is overpopulated, we can change that, if we choose. Some of us are consuming too much and others are consuming too little. We can provide the ability to be useful and productive to people in poor nations. They don't need aid, they need extraction processes and production processes that protect the local environment. They need people in rich countries to pay fair prices for the materials and products they take. The gross inequalities between the wealth of nations, we can clearly see, are created, they are not an accident.


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